Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

9/23/09

Choices, Soft and Still daily painting by Everglades artist JoAnn Sanborn

Soft and Still
5x7, acrylic on board
sold

Today's daily painting is a soft and quiet Everglades scene. The landscape here has so many voices, from active to passive. Nature chooses for us, we don't get to choose what the day will be like. If we could, what would you choose?

It’s especially difficult to choose for someone else, as a new collector pointed out to me a few days ago while looking through my daily paintings to pick one out as a gift for friends. “I know what I like, but choosing for someone else takes much more thought." she told me as she looked again and again. Her personal choices tended towards the more colorful, active landscapes, and but she thought her friends would prefer something more peaceful and serene.

After spending some time, she finally used the process of elimination to reduce her choices to five. She wanted to be able to mail the real thing, a gift in a box, not a gift certificate, so I finally packed up five of the small daily landscapes so that she could take them home, elicit the help of her mother who also knew the couple, and ponder the paintings at her leisure.

She came back two days later comfortable with her choice. You can see it here. I reassured her that if the gift recipient looked at the blog and chose another, it would be an easy matter to exchange for the one they might prefer. She went off happy with her gift choice, and I’m delighted to have made a new friend. Thanks, Janet!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is no better way to begin a day than to get JoAnn Sanborn's daily posting with her wonderful descriptions and fabulous paintings. She captures the essence of our Everglades glory and we are all better for it! Thank you JoAnn !!! Judy

Jo-Ann Sanborn said...

Congratulations, Judy, you did it! Was it as easy as I said? We do live in a wonderful place, don't we! Your kind words make my day!

Judy Mackey said...

This painting is very beautiful.

From another Judy : )

Jo-Ann Sanborn said...

Thanks, 2nd Judy. I explore limited palettes from time to time and really like this one!

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